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viewers like you. thank you. >> woodruff: after another day of violence, a ceasefire deal between israel and hamas was finally announced in cairo today. but further negotiations on key longer-term sticking points between the two sides were put off for now. egypt's foreign minister, mohammed kamel amr, announced the breakthrough with secretary of state hillary clinton at his side. >> egypt has exerted efforts and conducted intensive discussions since the renewed outbreak of hostilities in the gaza strip with all parties: the palestinian leadership, the these efforts and communications managed to reach an agreement to a ceasefire and the return of calm and halt of the violence and the bloodshed that was witnessed recently. >> the united states welcomes the agreement today for a ceasefire in gaza. for it to hold, the rocket attacks must end, a broader calm returned. in the days ahead, the united states will work with partners across region to consolidate this progess, improve conditions for the people of gaza, provide security for the people of israel. >> woodruff: a short time later this a
violence. perhaps the last show of strength to help them at the bargaining table. both israel and palestinian militants in gaza traded air strikes and rocket attacks even as talks to end the violence intensified. and the death toll on both sides continued to rise. in gaza officials say air strikes have killed 133 palestinians including at least 54 civilians. hamas militants publicly killed six men today suspected of collaborating with israel. in israel a rocket strike today killed an 18-year-old soldier. the first israeli military fatality and the fifth person killed there since the current conflict began almost a week ago. >> it's difficult on the civilian population having to deal with the stresses of what feels like a war. >> reporter: that's the backdrop for the delicate cease fire talks. president obama reportedly talked for the third time in 24 hours are egypt's president who is trying to broker the deal. secretary of state hillary clinton arrived in israel. >> the goal must be a durable outcome that promotes regional stability and advances the security of israelis and p
. unfortunately, there is no sign of violence easing up yet between israel and hamas. at least 21 people are injured. three seriously after a bomb exploded on a bus in tel aviv around noon local time. witnesses are telling us authorities they saw a man running toward the bus tossing a bag and running away. police have launched a massive manhunt and believe the explosion is a terrorist attack. israel continues its assault on targets in gaza with more than 100 hit overnight. militants in gaza are firing back having launched an estimated 200 rockets back at israel. jay carney has released a statement from the white house administration calling the bus attack in tel aviv outrageous and affirming the united states's security. hamas not taking responsibility for the bus bomb but celebrating it. while secretary of state clinton is in cairo trying to negotiate a cease-fire between israel and hamas with the help of egypt she is closely monitoring reports from tel aviv and in constant contact with prime minister benjamin netanyahu's
toward an outcome that bolsters security for the people of israel. improved conditions for the people of gaza and move toward a comprehensive peace. >> while the sides talk peace, gaza remained a war zone. daylight revealed the scope of israel's destruction. this it claimed were the hamas terror hubs. this government building was the intended target. there was no one here at the time of the strike. instead, it's the regular people who live like this one behind me that are paying the ultimate price. it's what israel calls collateral damage. >> it's forced thousands of palestinian to turn to u.n. schools turned into makeshift shelters like this one. factions remain defiant. >> speaking about the cease-fire, boom, they're shooting off. >> israel warned it's prepared to invade gaza. for now, it's relying on the superior air power. overnight it struck tens of targets including this key bridge, effectively cutting gaza in half. while the rockets and missiles fly and efforts are in full swing, still anyone's guess which way this war will go. >> secretary of state clinton has arrived in cairo
? >> yes, you did. >> it's, you know, anytime israel is involved in a story it becomes an excruciatingly difficult story for american journalists to cover. because there is, for the most part, a natural sympathy in this country, a sense of identity in this country with israelis. and many reporters, old friends and colleagues, the late peter jennings, used to i think very unfairly be criticized for taking an anti-israeli point of view, was so much an anti-every point of view as that it spent many years living in the arab world and had a sympathetic point of view that arabs. i think what is happening in gaza right now meets almost any definition of tragedy. the israelis cannot be expected, on the one hand, the standby while their cities are rocketed. on the other hand, the great irony, the paradox in that story is because the defense forces are infinitely more professional than hamas fighters, the number of casualties on the palestinian side are always going to be much greater, thereby leaving an impression that there is somehow something unfair about the war. this is precisely a time when
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